First Dentist Visit... When? Why?

Being a new parent is a full-time job. Not enough sleep, too much information to remember, and no playbook. It’s also an exciting time of memories and firsts. The first smile, first word, first step, and many others. There is one first that many parents don’t hear about. First visit to the dentist. In fact, a recent study at the University of Michigan, C.S. Mott, found that only 35% of parents felt they should bring their kids to visit the dentist by the age of one.

It’s recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that the little ones should see a dentist by the first tooth eruption or the age of one.  

You may be asking yourself, why do I need to bring them in so soon? 

  • It helps children become more comfortable with the dentist. Practice makes perfect! Bringing your child in early and consistently makes it a routine affair. 

  • It’s an early check-in to make sure everything is a-okay. Prevention is cheaper and far easier than dealing with an untreated cavity. 

  • A great opportunity to get some helpful tips and tricks. Your dentist will be able to help answer many of your early questions about oral health, and you might be surprised what they tell you. 

  • Start building a lasting relationship between your family and the dentist. Often a good relationship between a dentist and child is based on trust, and if you start early, that trust is easier to build. It’s not just trusting the dentist, but everything about the office as well.

Check our list of dental office partners to see if any of them are in your area. Mimi helps prepare your kiddos for their visit from the comfort of home. Sign up for a visit, get an app from our dentists to help show you and your kiddos a full virtual walkthrough. Kids that get to practice from home have great first visits!